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  1. 1

    IrishHeart

    Hannah looks so happy!! You and Jen did a very sweet thing.
    I am proud to be your friend.

    Poor Dude. :( “Glutened” is not the best word sometimes, I agree.I tend to say ambushed or whacked because it’s a stealthy little bugger. The “hit by a train then run through a wringer” analogy may be more apt. (love the photo essay approach, BTW :) )

    When I have gluten head, I find myself gesturing more than usual, miming out what I am trying to say and using words like “thinger” . I also say ARGH!! a lot as I am frustrated and sad because my hair falls out and my joints burn. So, basically, I speak “pirate”.

    Drink lots of water, double the probiotics–it helps with the gastritis aspect –and take your B vitamins, young man.
    Hope you feel better very soon, buddy.

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    1. 1.1

      Gluten Dude

      I like “whacked”. Thanks Irish.

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    Katie M

    This is such a great story! :)
    I might be getting a chance to go to NYC in Sept and I need to be able to stop at Jennifer’s bakery!! I can’t handle looking at that goodie box! Looks amazing!!

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    Kathy

    Awesome story! You are right, it is sometimes all about the little things (which can, in turn, be huge).
    Hope you’re back up to par soon. :)

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    Jenny Bean

    Aww good job! Sweet story. Did you get the license plate number of the gluten that hit you?

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    Karen C.

    What an awesome WONDERFUL thing you and Jennifer did for Hannah! I really appreciate your following up on the situation as well. It’s nice to know that Hannah is feeling a bit better while dealing with such a hard situation at such a young age.

    I am very much looking forward to when Jennifer’s new venture goes live! I live in Albuquerque New Mexico and have no hope of getting up to New York to try out her bakery in person. I wait with baited breath till I can buy her products online and have them shipped! I miss a good sandwich! You can try all the GF breads you can find in the regular stores you want, they just never live up their promises. My Husband will finally know what to buy for me on birthdays and anniversaries.

    Thank you GF Dude and Jennifer for bringing hope, understanding and support to a community so desperately needing it!

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    1. 5.1

      Gluten Dude

      You’re very welcome and her site will be live very soon!

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    Stephanie

    Seriously Dude, you are awesome. I can’t tell you how great it is to get your blog in my inbox. This disease is hard enough for adults, much less for kids – I’m sure you helped Hannah A LOT!
    YOU ROCK :D

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    Karen

    Dude, so sorry you got glutened–I did too yesterday. Like a moron, I decided to give the Omission beer a go–yeah, well that was a huge mistake and I have been super sick since last night.

    Anyway, that was so sweet of you to go out of your way for Hannah! Great job to you and Jennifer! Hope you feel better!

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      Gluten Dude

      Yeah but…yeah but…yeah but…Omission is gluten-free.

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    Jersey Girl

    GD-

    You make a huge difference in people’s lives, every day. Hannah is just another awesome example. I totally heart you. One of my daughters teachers is NCGI like me so I am going to stop and get her some grain exchange macaroons. Whoyah.

    xo-
    Jersey Girl
    ———————————————————————-
    Ned: Phil? Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!Phil: Hi, thanks for watching.
    Ned: Hey now, don’t you tell me you don’t remember me ’cause I sure as heckfire remember you.
    Phil: Not a chance.
    Ned: Ned… Ryerson. “Needlenose Ned”? “Ned the Head”? C’mon, buddy. Case Western High. I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing. Ned Ryerson, got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn’t graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson, I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
    Phil: Ned Ryerson?
    Ned: BING!
    Phil: Bing. So did you turn pro with that whole belly-button thing Ned or…Ned: No, I sell insurance.
    Phil: What a shock.

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      IrishHeart

      Phil: I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters.
      [Ralph and Gus snort]
      Phil: *That* was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get *that* day over, and over, and over…

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      Gluten Dude

      Love it JG, as always :)

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    SonicPiano

    Awesome job helping out Hannah. Living with celiac can sometimes be a lonely experience. Your post inspired me to put together a goody bag and helpful gluten-free tips for the mother of one of my students, who was just diagnosed with CD last week and doesn’t know where to begin.

    Hang in there, Dude. I’ve been down that road myself, one time due to my own laziness (assumed something was gluten-free and didn’t check the label). Drink plenty of water and as Irish Heart advised, double up on the probiotics and take your B complex. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

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    1. 9.1

      Gluten Dude

      Thanks Sonic…way to pay it forward.

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    Ken

    Now I’m happy too. You’re a good guy- especially with how you’re feeling. Hope you’re feeling better.

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    1. 10.1

      Gluten Dude

      Thanks Ken. Much appreciated.

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  11. 11

    Gayle Wagler

    To Irish heart, sorry to make this about me but I have been trying to get answers about my joints & you mentioned burning joints. I need to walk for my Diebetes but so painful after a few houses. I have had blood tests & X-rays and, nothing. I have not eat an any gluten on purpose since reading this blog, but have a lot to learn. What do you or anyone else with this problem think? I am desperate.

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      IrishHeart

      Hey Gayle!
      If you want, GD can give you my email and I can run a few ideas by you, if you want. :)
      IH

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  12. 12

    Camille

    Love, love, love!!!

    Hope you feel better soon…

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  13. 13

    Tasha

    You are a rockstar. This story literally made my eyes tear up. Thank you for being there for all of us dude. I am sure that is a day Hannah will always treasure. And she’s right… I think it is tougher for kids. Hang in there Hannah! One day you will be grown up and happy you took care of yourself when you were younger.

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      Gluten Dude

      Can I be Bruce Springsteen?

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  14. 14

    Claudia

    Way to go Gluten Dude! I also hate the word “glutened”. It kind sounds like we have been slimed by one the apparitions in “Ghostbusters”. The baked goods look so good my mouth was watering. By the way, where can I get one of those t-shirts the baker was wearing?? Thank you again for your wonderful soul. Nuff said I am a person of few words.

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    1. 14.1

      Gluten Dude

      I am too…but then again…I only know a few words ;)

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        IrishHeart

        ‘spechually when we’re glutened….it’s like being slipped a doofus pill

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    julie rumreich

    Thank you for being such a great source of encouragement and inspiration to us all! I appreciate the time you take to share with us and help us share with one another. I am on a mission now to find a fellow celiac to bless…..and I do believe I just thought of the perfect person! Thanks again! :)

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  16. 16

    Lisa Mims

    You did a really, really good thing. Thank you.

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    Cathy

    I love this!

    My VP is on the board of the 2nd Harvest Food Bank in. NC. I got an order of pretzels from Amazon and happened to open the bag with no expiration date. Of course it was stale. Amazon replaced the whole order. So instead of being greedy, I collected the extra bags along with some other GF stuff I knew I wouldn’t eat (went nuts at diagnosis). Last week I dropped it at the food bank. Unfortunately, people with CD and gluten intolerance are the most overlooked of the hungry. I know it wasn’t much, but was glad I helped make a difference.

    Thanks GD for all you do, too! I’ve been glutened 3 times in 6 months since diagnosis. I’m finding it very challenging to work. You and everyone else make me feel I’m not nuts.

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    John

    Awesome… just look how happy she is, you totally made her day, Dude! Food looks great, too.

    As a frequent transit user I also had to LOL at the train picture/comments. And if you ever happen to find yourself in Vancouver, it’s also a great city for that Starbucks game.

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    Rachael

    Well hell Dude! You made me cry! LOVE that story and I’m so glad for Hannah! I’ve often dreamt of being a “Gluten Free Fairy”. I would wear converse high-tops, giant wings and carry a wand, of course. I would love to show up at the doorstep of any struggling Celiac or newly diagnosed Celiac household and proceed to clean out their kitchen and show them great resources while gluten free brownies are baking in their oven. Could we have designated Gluten Free Fairies in every town? People could email us and secretly send us to surprise someone, just like you did Dude! Yes, I’m a 42 year old Celiac and I think I want to be a fairy when I grow up! So happy for Hannah! You work magic, Dude!!!!

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    Sue in Alberta

    What a good thing you did, Dude. Imagine, Everyone, getting a basket full of delicious baked goodies!
    Dude, you’ve done a fine job today with this post AND all the while being walking road kill ( my definition of the post-glutening).

    P.S. I want to be a GF Fairy too, Rachael.

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    Dana

    That is so awesome! I’d love to have Hannah and her mom on our show… what an inspiration to all young children and her mom is a champion!

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    Juniper

    I love this!

    Hope you feel better, Dude, from the punch in the gut.

    I want to do something to help someone out, but I don’t know what yet. HMMM… maybe I’ll just go to my local support group and see what I can do.

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    Juniper

    Oh! What am I thinking? There’s a GF food bank. I’m going to help them out.

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    Vik

    Oh man, Dude, I’m sorry you got glutenated! That was a great thing that you and Jennifer put together for Hannah.

    Last weekend our city had a big GF expo. It was really fun to wander around with a bag, like trick-or-treating, collecting samples and chatting with vendors. Some of them gave me extras for GF friends who couldn’t make it. Also fun was being among the volunteers who staffed our local celiac support group’s booth. It was so awesome to talk to so many people who are in the same boat. We all helped each other!

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    Allyson

    Great thing you did to let Hannah know that there are nice people out there who care.
    Sorry you were poisoned, hope you get well soon.
    BTW – Jen’s goodies look so good I’ll be heading over tomorrow.
    Thank you for your posts, I just found your blog a few months ago and am so glad I did.

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